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Strike brings normal life to standstill

The nationwide shutdown call by trade unions evoked a mixed response in Maharashtra, crippling the financial sector and most industrial units. However, private establishments and other services remained unaffected.

In Mumbai, barring stray incidents of stone-pelting and attempts to stop buses and trains, the impact of nationwide shutdown Wednesday on Mumbai and its suburbs was restricted to the financial sector. Bank ATMs ran out of cash within four to five hours of the strike.

‘In Mumbai city alone, clearing of cheques worth Rs.10,000 crores could not take place. The government also could not carry out transactions since banks taking care of treasury operations did not function,’ said Vishwas Utagi, vice president of All India Bank Employees Association.

‘In Maharashtra, around 150,000 employees were on strike that held demonstrations, gate meetings and participated in agitations organised by Joint Action Committees of Trade Unions at cities like Pune, Nasik, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Sholapur, Ratnagiri, Thane and Nagpur,’ Utagi added.
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